E-W senior beats odds, joins classmates at drive-through graduation

High school graduation is an important milestone in a young adult’s life story. It is the end of a long journey and a reward for perseverance and hard work. For one Edmonds-Woodway senior, it is much more. In her junior year, Emily Hood was diagnosed with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG), a terminal, inoperable brain…

County officials: Phase 2 reopening may come within days

“We are moving forward and very excited about it.” That comment from Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers set an upbeat tone for the Tuesday morning County’s COVID-19 briefing. County staffers, he said, “really scrambled over the weekend to get that (Phase 2 reopening) package submitted to the state health department. ” Somers said he expects…

COVID-19 Daily Update for Edmonds and Snohomish County: June 2, 2020

The Tuesday, June 2, data from the Snohomish Health District begin the new week on a mixed note, showing fewer hospitalizations and a gain in overall recoveries, despite a one-day spike in caseloads and a corresponding gain in active cases. After an encouraging weekend of low numbers of new cases (yellow chart), the past 24…

Scene in Edmonds: EWHS celebrates the Class of 2020

Edmonds-Woodway High School seniors were among the 2020 graduates from Edmonds School District high schools being filmed this week as part of the virtual graduation ceremony to accommodate social distancing requirements related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Members of the Warrior Class of 2020 arrived by car in the EWHS parking lot Tuesday for video and…

Council reviews ‘Project B’ for managing city’s wastewater sludge

For several years, the City of Edmonds has been talking about a replacement system for the aging sludge incinerator at the city’s wastewater treatment plant. The city has been faced with a choice of buying a new incinerator that could meet more stringent federal air quality regulations or turning to a biosolids management system. Public works…

Class of 2020 Edmonds eLearning Academy students participate in video graduation

Class of 2020 seniors from the Edmonds School District’s eLearning Academy program on Tuesday participated in the production process for the virtual graduation ceremony being filmed to accommodate social distancing requirements related to the COVID-19 pandemic. On Tuesday, students arrived at an appointed time in the College Place Middle School parking lot to be filmed receiving…

Beverly Elementary PTA to hold peaceful protest honoring George Floyd June 3

The Beverly Elementary School PTA will hold a “a socially distant, peaceful protest” June 3  from 8 to 9 p.m. to mourn the death of George Floyd. Community members are invited to line 52nd Avenue West between 164th Avenue West (bordering St Timothy’s Church) and 148th Avenue West to honor Floyd, a Black man killed…

Inslee extends moratorium on evictions to Aug. 1

Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday extended until Aug. 1 protections for renters impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The governor first proclaimed a moratorium on evictions in mid-March, then extended and expanded the moratorium in mid-April. Proclamation 20-19.2 issued Tuesday extends the prior eviction moratorium for 60 days (through Aug.1), and makes modifications to the prior moratorium. The…

Letter to the editor: Is anyone out there?

Editor: We have seen the reactors for a week now; the protestors, the looters, and all of us reacting in our own way. How does that end? How do we move forward? Time for responders to come together! Where are those who can lead us with plans/steps to move us to a real response to…

Police: Alderwood Mall still closed due to ‘continuing credible threats’

This story was updated June 2 to include new information from the Lynnwood Police Department and Lynnwood Mayor Nicola Smith. Due to continuing credible threats of property damage and theft at the Alderwood Mall, businesses at the mall are still closed and barricades are in place to prevent access to the area, according to Lynnwood…

Superintendent McDuffy issues statement regarding ‘senseless killing’ of George Floyd

Edmonds School District Superintendent Kris McDuffy issued a statement Monday night regarding “deep and painful feelings” surrounding the death of George Floyd, a handcuffed Black man who died last month after a white Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for nearly eight minutes. In her letter to district families and staff, McDuffy called Floyd’s…

Meadowdale HS honors Class of 2020 with festive commencement

In a special ceremony that will live in the memories of parents, teachers, administrators —  and especially the graduates of the Class of 2020 —  Meadowdale High School pulled out all the stops despite the COVID shutdown, setting a new standard for the old saying “when the world gives you lemons, make lemonade.” “All credit…

COVID-19 Daily Report for Edmonds and Snohomish County: June 1, 2020

The Monday, June 1, data from the Snohomish Health District show a weekend of encouraging progress on all fronts in our local battle with COVID-19. After almost two weeks of remaining fairly constant, incremental new cases per day (yellow chart) is trending down, adding 38 between Saturday and Monday for an average of less than…

Washington State wins second grant to support economic recovery from COVID-19

Washington workers negatively affected by COVID-19 will gain employment and training for in-demand occupations that pay a living wage through a new $12 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. The state’s Employment Security Department said it partnered with the Washington Workforce Association, the state Workforce Board and other key stakeholders to win two…

The perfect storm: A tale of two food banks

The story of the Edmonds Food Bank over the past five months is not unlike many other “essential businesses,” such as hospitals, fire departments, and grocery stores.  One difference, because of COVID-19, is that food banks have experienced the “perfect storm” —  a confluence of factors that has turned them upside down. Food is made…

5th and Dayton to be closed June 3-4 for crosswalk repairs

While the City of Edmonds said that Dayton Street construction project crews “made great progress” in the last week paving 5th Avenue between Maple and Main Streets, repairs need to be made to one recently installed crosswalk. As a result, the 5th Avenue and Dayton Street intersection will be closed June 3-4. “The special colored…

Edmonds mayor establishes Equity and Justice Advisory Task Force

Stating that “Black lives matter in Edmonds and in this country,” Edmonds Mayor Mike Nelson announced Monday that he is forming an Equity and Justice Advisory Task Force. “Those of us in local government must take a hard look within, listen, have honest conversations, be open to real change, and take tangible actions to support…

Lynnwood declares civil emergency with curfew until 5 AM Tuesday

Declaring a civil emergency, Lynnwood Mayor Nicola Smith Monday announced she was imposing a curfew in the city starting at 5 p.m. Monday, June 1. The curfew was set to last until 5 a.m. Tuesday, June 2. and was  enforced by the Lynnwood Police Department. In response, Edmonds College closed its campus at 5 p.m. Monday…

Reader view: Practicing antiracism

How Could This Happen? I Wonder Why? For the past several days, these two questions have been asked repeatedly. “How could this happen” to George Floyd (or Ahmaud Abery or Breonna Taylor or to bring it home locally, Nagi Kandasamy)? Or, “I don’t understand, why do police/people do this”? The answer given all too quickly…

Diversity Commission’s ‘I Am Edmonds. This is my Story’ project open for submissions

The Edmonds Diversity Commission said it seeks to counter social distancing by reopening the “I am Edmonds. This is my Story” project, with the aim of encouraging meaningful community connections during these challenging times. With the Diversity Film Series cut short, the 4th of July Parade and many community events canceled, reopening the Diversity Commission…

Edmonds City Council June 2 to discuss another option for replacing sludge incinerator

In a discussion postponed from last week’s meeting, the Edmonds City Council Tuesday, June 2 will hear a presentation on another option for replacing the city’s aging sludge incinerator. Public works staff last year proposed a pyrolysis system that thermally decomposes organic materials at high heat with little to no oxygen. But according to Tuesday night’s…

Recommended Reads: A touching memoir of caring for aging parents until the end

Loving the Enemy, by Catherine Fransson “Hang in there. We’ll make it.” Author Catherine Fransson shares a touching memoir about a time in her life that so many people struggle through. It’s a time as an adult, when you are juggling your own life responsibilities, and at the same time caring for people you once depended…

The artist has departed: Remembering Ray Gerring

I would like to tell you about my friend Ray Gerring. He was a painter who eventually went blind, a WWII veteran who served in the Air Corps, and a local author who memorialized the early 20th century Seattle he grew up in. Ray was a slender, birdlike man. By the time I knew him,…

EPIC Poetry Group: Poet’s Corner — The Dharma, Last Night

My Edmonds News is pleased to present the latest installment of Poet’s Corner, presented by the Edmonds-based EPIC Poetry Group. The Dharma (on listening via YouTube to Yo-Yo Ma in May, 2020) Today I am here on this planet to listen My enervated ears to the sound of the cello Every breath slowing to match the luxurious…

Snohomish PUD expands payment options as meter reading resumes 

As the state moves toward reopening more businesses in the wake of COVID-19, Snohomish County PUD will implement “a gradual and safe return” of select field operations, including meter reading, the utility said. The PUD also said it will continue to offer its community support plan for any customer experiencing a financial hardship related to…

COVID-19 Weekend Update for Edmonds and Snohomish County: May 30, 2020

  Intended to supplement our Tuesday-Saturday daily reports, the Weekend Update provides details on where infected individuals contracted the virus, numbers of tests administered, and positive vs negative testing results in Snohomish County. This week we are also providing information on the number of new cases per 100,000 population, one of the key targets that…

Sponsor spotlight: Top five home remodeling projects

The median age of the American home is 38 years old. Add to that the increasing price of new construction over the last decade and the growing popularity of television programs featuring dramatic home renovations, and it’s no wonder Americans spent an estimated $328 billion on home remodeling in 2019.  During National Home Remodeling Month…

Deadline extended for Puget Sound Bird Fest 2020 Poster Art Contest

Due to delays associated with Covid-19, the deadline has been extended for the annual Puget Sound Bird Fest Poster Art Contest. Puget Sound area artists are invited to submit original artwork representative of Puget Sound birdlife to be used to promote the 2020 event taking place virtually on Sept. 11-12. Entries must be received no later than…

Edmonds Police Blotter: May 19-25, 2020

Between May 19-25, the Edmonds Police Department reported 232 cases of identity theft related to unemployment fraud. The department recently issued advice regarding what to do in the event personal information is used to file false unemployment claims. May 19 23000 block Edmonds Way: Victim reported an online puppy scam involving repeated requests for more…

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